REFLECTIONS & STORIES

The blog of the Body Oak Cliff community

This blog seeks to capture the latest reflections of the Body Oak Cliff team (Joel & Deborah), as well as stories of transformation in our community. Many of the posts include reflection questions to help you interact with the content. If you find something that resonates with you, consider sharing it with a friend or small group and let the questions prompt meaningful conversation.

We hope that what you read here will encourage you on your journey and empower you to love in the everyday!

God’s Tender Words (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 11, 2017

  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. –  John 1:6-8   Guest post by Brent McDougal When John the Baptizer…

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He Carries Us Close to His Heart (Advent 2017)

By Deborah Cunningham | Dec 7, 2017

One of the Advent passages for this week contains one of my favorite verses of all time (Isa. 40:11): He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. I’m not sure there’s a more gentle, tender image…

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My Story | Matt Glenn

By Body Oak Cliff | Dec 5, 2017

“A year ago,” Matt says “the future was a black hole.” As an attorney at his father’s firm, tension in his relationship with his father impacted both his personal life and his work life. On top of that, he was going through a painful breakup. “I was in a tough spot,” he says. “I was broken,…

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The Smile of God (Advent 2017)

By Joel Pulis | Dec 1, 2017

Over Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of playing with Deborah’s niece and nephews.  While I’m sure the parents were happy for the help, I was in it for purely selfish reasons.  A smile. In playing with toddlers, I go all in: getting down on the floor, being imaginative and goofy, readying myself for endless games…

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Presence & Longing (Advent 2017)

By Deborah Cunningham | Nov 29, 2017

  All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene. (1 Cor. 1:7)     Thanksgiving was a really hard day for me this year. People always say that the holidays can be hard, but I’d never felt it as acutely as…

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My Story | Vera Padilla

By Body Oak Cliff | Nov 28, 2017

Before starting her Faithwalking journey, Vera felt stuck. It had been a year since her divorce, and she was still without a job. When she and her four children (ages 16, 14, 13, and 9) had to move in with her parents, she felt like a failure. God, where are you going to use me?…

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We are All the Work of Your Hand! (2017 Advent Reflections)

By Joel Pulis | Nov 26, 2017

…We are all the work of your hand.  –  Isaiah 64:8b The work of formation is central to the mission of Body Oak Cliff.  It’s our belief that empowering people to more fully experience and embody the love of God is the best way to bring about change in the places we live, work, and…

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My New Community Adventure

By Joel Pulis | Nov 6, 2017

  An Update on Big Blue (June-Oct 2017) I love connecting and developing people! Over the years, this passion has led me to help catalyze multiple communities among a diversity of people: adults with mental illness, clergy and church leaders, addicts and the HIV-positive, young families and youth, and everyone in between. Over the summer,…

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Making Space for the Unknown

By Deborah Cunningham | Nov 3, 2017

[This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. If you missed Part 1 – “What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know” – find it here.] Have you ever had a brilliant idea in the shower? Or while sitting on the toilet? For me, my moment of insight comes every Wednesday evening when I go…

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